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HONORS BIOLOGY

WELCOME HONORS BIOLOGY 2015-2016!
 
 
COURSE SYLLABUS
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is intended for high-achieving students and students who have a particular interest in biology and the natural science. The major emphasis of this course is to provide students with in-depth discussion of the biological concepts: the cell (structures, central dogma, DNA & its technology); heredity and evolution. This course is project-based, where students are guided into relating biological concepts to actual application and in conceptualizing a project and where students develop critical thinking skills in examining and analyzing real world problems that pertain to this subject.
Students will also be exposed to rigorous test-taking strategies to prepare them to become excellent test-takers. Students are expected to be more involved in the preparation and participation in the laboratory activities and write ups. Hence, this will encourage and help students to be more organized, motivated and prepared to pursue higher biology classes like AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and alike in the future.

TEXT BOOK:
Nowicki, Stephen. Biology, McDougal Littell, 2008

GRADING SYSTEM:

A. Categories:
Exams & Quizzes          = 40 %
Lab. work & Class work = 20 %
Project                           = 20 %
Homework                     = 20 %
 
B. Letter Grades:
 A = 90 – 100
 B = 80 - 89
 C = 70 - 79
 D = 60 - 69
  F = 50 – 59

EXAMINATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS:
• It’s the students responsibility to make –up for the missing assignments.
• Make-up tests should be arranged with the teacher (after school or at lunch time).
• All late work has a penalty depending on how late is the work.
• Missed lab. activities and presentations cannot be made up. Alternative make-up assignments maybe given at the teacher’s discretion.

ACADEMIC HONESTY:
Any incidence of academic dishonesty will result in a zero for the assignment/test in question, with no opportunity for make-up. Academic dishonesty includes, but not limited t:
* cheating on a quiz or test * plagiarism on a paper or research project
* Copying someone’s assignment
RULES OF CONDUCT:
* All school rules apply in the classroom
CONSEQUENCES:
1st offense = warning (name on the board)
2nd offense = after school class detention (name is circled on the board)
= you have to serve your detention within 3-days, otherwise detention will be in the counselor’s office